I know that headline doesn't seem to make sense, but it really does. Stick with me on this one.
Front loading is time consuming when you're getting things set up. For example, I wanted to set up my running schedule as I prepare for my next half-marathon. Rather than go day by day to look to see what my workout is going to be which will take time to do, I decided to right each one in my Body Minder Journal at the top of each page. It took the better part of an hour to do and I was beginning to wonder if I had made a mistake to try it.
However, I now know what each one of my workouts is going to be and I can look ahead at the top of any page to see what I have coming up.I don't have to go through my training book to the page I need in order to see what my workout is supposed to be for the day. In the long run, I know it will save me more time.
Next up is Evernote for setting up my morning and evening routines as well as my to-do lists. Now that I've been through the front loading process, I can be prepared for it to take some extra time but then I know I won't have to try to remember my routine. I can just look at Evernote and follow what I'm going to do. It will take the thinking off my mind and I can just get going!
If you want to find out more or need some help get something like this set up, let me know!
I was listening to my Darren Daily this morning, and the subject was criticism. He basically said that the confident person grows from criticism, and the insecure person gets defensive from it.
I would whole-heartedly agree. I tend to fall more into the latter camp, unfortunately. It's almost as if I have to be in the mood for criticism or if I ask for it then I'm okay.
It's that unsolicited criticism that grinds my gears! The minute I'm being criticized when it's unexpected one of three things will happen. One, I will completely shut down. Two, I will become angry and justify my actions. Three, I will dismiss what the other person is saying by just turning on the mute button in my head until they stop talking.
Now, what I should be doing is listening instead of having the negative reactions that I currently do. Take away the tone of the person's voice (my perception of it anyway) and focus on the words, the content. If I focus on the content, I'm going to grow and develop more as a person.
Sure, the other person might have one of two intentions. They are either invested in me as a person and are genuinely concerned for my growth or they want to get under my skin to see how I'm going to react. Either way, I make the choice in what I'm going to do with the information given to me. I can use it for gain in either scenario.
Then next time the unsolicited criticism comes my way I'm going to take a deep breath, get in a positive mindset, and let the words be beneficial.
I listened to an Art of Charm podcast today, and the interview was with Michael Burt, the author of Zebras and Cheetahs. He talked about how when we meet someone for the first time, the first two questions are, "What is your name? What do you do?"
Instead of telling someone what you do, set yourself apart and tell them what you believe. I like this idea, because it opens so many more potential possibilities for conversation once you get past the awkwardness of not directly answering the question. The other person gets a better idea of who you are and what you're about when you answer it like that.
It also makes us stop and think about what it is we believe in. If someone were to ask you that question, how would you answer it? I've been thinking about it, and I think mine would go something like this: "I believe that everyone deserves to have someone in their corner who believes in them wholeheartedly. I'm that person. I believe in assisting with someone's potential to make it a reality. I do that through being the best life coach possible so that the person experiences a life transformation that is long-term success."
Now it's your turn. How would you answer that question?
I got to see an unexpected rainbow this morning. I went out to get the paper, and it was cloudy with some sun. It started to rain and I looked up to see about 2/3 of a rainbow. It was wonderful and unexpected.
That's how I try to look at each day. I don't want to take any day for granted, and I want to make sure that I appreciate those wonderful things that happen so unexpectedly. I felt like that rainbow was a reminder for me.
Honestly, I look at each day as a gift, but this rainbow just seemed extra special. It set the tone for a spectacular day in so many ways. It almost made more acutely aware of my surroundings, and I recognized opportunities that I don't know if I would have otherwise.
All because of a rainbow.
Sometimes we think we are too late. If we are routine oriented and miss out on doing our normal routine, it can throw our day out of whack. We might think that we can't do something because we always do it at a certain and that time has already passed.
Instead, remember that there are 24 hours in a day and if it is that important then it will get done.
I usually do my daily devotional in the morning, but I didn't make enough time to do it before the farmers market. So, I did it this evening. It was important to me and I made time for it.
That's all it takes. Be flexible. Give yourself permission to do things at different times. It all works out.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.